Portsmouth family fun day supports national heart charity

The balloon release at St Albans Pre-School in Portsmouth. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (150233-2 and  3)

The balloon release at St Albans Pre-School in Portsmouth. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (150233-2 and 3)

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CHILDREN released red balloons in memory of all those who have lost their lives to heart conditions.

It took place at a family fun day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation charity at St Alban’s Pre-School in Copnor, Portsmouth.

11/02/15  RS''A fund raising day for the British Heart Foundation was held at St Albans Pre-School in Portsmouth culminating in a balloon release.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150233-3) PPP-151102-165219003

11/02/15 RS''A fund raising day for the British Heart Foundation was held at St Albans Pre-School in Portsmouth culminating in a balloon release.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150233-3) PPP-151102-165219003

Children took part in a sponsored obstacle course and decorated cakes and biscuits.

In the afternoon, youngsters and staff each released a red balloon.

Alison Burnett is the nursery manager and lost a good friend Dave Gates to a heart problem at the age of 44, 18 months ago. Last year, her 15-year-old daughter Megan was diagnosed with a heart condition and is now on regular medication.

Alison said: ‘She’s doing well and is going to school.

‘You don’t realise until this happens how many people you know with a heart condition.

‘My dad had a heart problem and he passed away.

‘This is a great cause. There are so many different charities for different things.

‘It’s nice if it’s a charity connected to someone close to you.’

The nursery opened its doors to the public yesterday, so as well as families of children attending, it gave members of the public an opportunity to find out more about what it does.

The nursery is a charity-funded pre-school, so all the money to keep the nursery going is raised in fundraising events.

Alison said the children had fun. ‘They enjoyed it,’ she said.

Paula Bartlett is the chairwoman of the nursery and added: ‘We wanted to raise awareness of heart problems.

‘Each of us probably know someone that has had an illness related to a heart problem. We wanted to highlight that.

‘We don’t think there’s enough awareness around it.’

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